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Principal Designate

Spencer Academies TrustNottinghamshire

The Spencer Academies Trust, Nottinghamshire

Principal Designate, Castleward Spencer Academy, Derby DE1 


Principal Designate, Clover Leys Spencer Academy, Boulton Moor, Derbyshire DE24

Salary: Competitive (subject to review as the academy becomes established):

Starting: Easter 2021

Hours: Full Time

Salary: L12-18

This is an exciting and unique opportunity to be the founding Principal of one of two new schools, both in brand new buildings. This position offers the chance to

  • create your own learning environment 
  • appoint your own staff team
  • work within a well-established, visionary MAT to design and offer an innovative education to local children

We believe these will be outstanding schools at the heart of the community. You will be supported by a strong and inclusive MAT which comprises 25 Primary, Secondary and Special schools, two Teaching Schools, a SCITT, a Research School and a Maths Hub. Our highly-successful network educates children and young people across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Nottingham City, Derby City and Leicestershire.

The Spencer Academies Trust exists to make sure that every child, regardless of background, has access to an outstanding education and real choices in life. Our successful track record of providing high quality teaching and learning ensures improved outcomes for our learners. Our core values of Aspiration, Responsibility and Partnership reflect our vision and aim for all Trust schools.

The successful candidates will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with other Principals (including four who have opened new schools in the last 18 months), the Director of Primary and the Trust Executive Team. You should have the qualifications, skills and experience to provide inspirational and effective leadership and management of the Academy, ensuring pupils make outstanding academic and personal progress.

The Trust is looking for a Principal Designate to work with it in the next phase of a journey to:

  • Develop a vision for the academy with the Director of Primary that sets out a clear road map for the establishment of a new school.
  • Lead and implement the vision, ethos and strategy for the academy in all facets of its provision.
  • Work within the MAT team and either Derby City (Castleward) or Derbyshire County Council (Clover Leys) to ensure the academy buildings and sites are conducive to providing an outstanding educational provision.

Applicants will be expected to share our Trust’s high aspirations and expectations for students and employees. If you are excited by the prospect of working with us, want to know more about the type of professional we are looking for and what we can offer, please visit 

 If you have any questions regarding the role or would like an informal discussion with the Director of Primary Education, Angela O’Brien please contact Ellé Turner on 

To apply, please complete the on-line application form, attaching a CV and making sure to clearly evidence your achievements against the person specification, and the equal opportunities monitoring form.

For us to adhere to safer recruitment guidelines and best practice, please ensure your completed application form:

(i) accounts for any gaps in employment, and

(ii) provides detail of all your employment by month as well as year.

Please also include the names, addresses, phone numbers and email contact details of two professional referees who must be your current and previous employers.

Closing date at 8am Friday 15th January 2021

Interviews Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th January 2021

In line with safer recruitment policies references will be called for prior to interview.

The Spencer Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students and all posts are subject to enhanced DBS with children’s barred list checks and completion of Level 2 safeguarding training.

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